Key skills for sharp in­sect shots

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With a mov­ing sub­ject and min­i­mal depth of field, you need to stack every­thing in your favour if you are to get clean, sharp shots of but­ter­flies and other bugs. These are the es­sen­tial things that Ross does to en­sure he gets the best re­sults he can in the con­di­tions…

1 “I use Aper­ture Pri­or­ity mode, with an aper­ture be­tween f/5.6 and f/11.”

2 “I use Ma­trix me­ter­ing, with ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion as nec­es­sary.”

3 “For shady dawn images, I have my ISO set to 3,200 – but typ­i­cally use a higher ISO than peo­ple ex­pect. With my hand­held shots in the mid­dle of the day, I use ISO 800.”

4 “For the dam­sel­fly, I used a shut­ter speed of 1/200 sec, as even with The

Plamp and the tri­pod, there is still some move­ment in the plant the in­sect is rest­ing on. For hand­held shots I would typ­i­cally use a shut­ter speed of around 1/1,000 sec.”

5 “I use a Man­frotto 405 geared tri­pod head-on to fine-tune com­po­si­tion.”

6 “I fo­cus man­u­ally, and use Live View. I use the Fo­cus Peak­ing fa­cil­ity to high­light which parts of the shot are sharp.”

7 “I fire the shut­ter while in LiveView to elim­i­nate mir­ror vi­bra­tion.”

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